Colombian film wins San Sebastian festival’s Golden Shell

Japan’s Genki Kawamura won the best director prize for Hyakka, about a son and his mother who is diagnosed with dementia.

Spain San Sebastian Film Festival
Spain San Sebastian Film Festival

The Colombian film Los Reyes Del Mundo (The Kings Of The World) has won the top award at the 70th San Sebastian film festival in Spain.

Director Laura Mora’s feature was awarded the Golden Shell for best film at a ceremony on Saturday.

The film follows five young men from Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest city, trying to get ahead in life.

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Actor Liam Neeson on the red carpet at the 70th San Sebastian Film Festival (Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

Japan’s Genki Kawamura won the best director prize for Hyakka, about a son and his mother who is diagnosed with dementia.

The top acting awards went to two young actors in debut starring roles about difficulties in adolescence: Carla Quilez, in the Spanish film La Maternal, and Paul Kircher in the French movie Le Lyceen (Winter Boy).

US director Marian Mathias won the special jury prize with her debut feature, Runner.

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